Collabora has given word that another exciting development has been made for Arm Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPUs, as the new PanVK Vulkan driver has landed in Mesa.

The work from Collabora (and others) has been a long road, getting basic OpenGL up to scratch on these Arm GPUs which they've blogged about quite a lot. Most recently their Alyssa Rosenzweig wrote about achieving OpenGL ES 3.1 on Mali GPUs with Panfrost.

Now the next stage of open source graphics drivers for Arm Mali has been hit, with the PanVK experimental driver now actually landing in Mesa upstream. This is a big step since it means all work can now go into Mesa properly, allowing even more people to contribute to it. Right now though, it's not quite suitable for everyday use, as PanVK is "lacking a lot of features, optimizations and many things are just not implemented the right way".

Hopefully now then it won't be long before Arm Mali, at least on Midgard and Bifrost GPUs, will see great out of the box graphical support on Linux. The more devices we can have where Linux works and performs well, the better. It gives system builders and consumers more options overall.

Article taken from
Tags: Drivers, Mesa, Meta, Vulkan
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. We are currently affiliated with GOG and Humble Store. See more here.
About the author -
author picture
I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly.
See more from me
No comments yet!

While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on:

Reward Tiers: Patreon. Plain Donations: Liberapay or PayPal.

This ensures all of our main content remains totally free for everyone with no article paywalls. We also don't have tons of adverts, there's also no tracking and we respect your privacy. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!
Login / Register

Or login with...
Sign in with Steam Sign in with Twitter Sign in with Google
Social logins require cookies to stay logged in.